Sunday, January 15, 2012

Clinophobia: The Fear of Going to Bed

Clinophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of going to bed.  Those who suffer from this phobia may fear sleep, having nightmares or having to cope with illnesses such as sleep apnea while sleeping.  They also may fear dying while they sleep.  Clinophobia is closely related to Somniphobia.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Clinophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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